Loyle Carner

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Loyle Carner
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Background information
Birth nameBenjamin Gerard Coyle-Larner
Born (1994-10-06) 6 October 1994 (age 24)
Lambeth, South London, England
Years active2012–present
  • AMF
  • Speedy Wunderground
Associated acts

Benjamin Gerard Coyle-Larner[2] (born 6 October 1994), better known by the stage name Loyle Carner, is an English hip hop musician and actor.[3] His sound has been described by NME as "sensitive and eloquent" and by The Guardian as "confessional hip-hop".[3][4]

Carner's debut album, Yesterday's Gone (2017), was nominated for the 2017 Mercury Prize.[5]

His stage name Loyle Carner is a spoonerism of his double-barrelled surname as well as a reference to his childhood struggle with ADHD and dyslexia.[6]


Early life[edit]

Carner was born in Lambeth, South London[7] and brought up in South Croydon[8] by his mother, Jean, his step-father, Nik, and his younger brother, Ryan.[9] He has had minimal contact with his father, who is of Guyanese descent.[9] He has been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia.

At the age of thirteen, Carner had a small role in the 2008 film 10,000 BC, credited as "Young Hunter".[10] He started his secondary education at Whitgift School in South Croydon, and moved on to study at the Brit School, and began studying for an acting degree at the Drama Centre.[4][9] In 2014, he dropped out of the Drama Centre after his stepfather died of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), and decided to focus on his music.[4][9]

Carner is a Liverpool F.C. supporter, although at concerts he wears his stepfather's Eric Cantona shirt; a passionate Man United supporter, Eric Cantona was his stepfather's idol. Carner named his 2016 tour after Cantona in memory of his stepfather.[9] He also supports Scottish football club Rangers F.C. and was quoted, "My grandad was a Glasgow Rangers fan. We used to go see Rangers play together."[11]

Music career[edit]

Carner played his first official gig at The Button Factory in Dublin, Ireland in October 2012 supporting MF Doom.[3] He released his first EP in September 2014, titled A Little Late, which was well received.[9][10] He supported Joey Badass on his UK tour and went on to play the 2015 UK festival season, including Glastonbury Festival.[4][12] He went on tour and collaborated with poet and spoken-word artist Kate Tempest in late 2015.[12] In October 2015 he played on Huw Stephens' BBC Radio 1 show as part of their Piano Sessions series.[13] In late August 2016, he supported Nas in his show at the O2 Academy Bristol.[citation needed]

His debut album, entitled Yesterday's Gone, was released on 20 January 2017.[14]

On 27 July 2017, it was announced that Yesterday's Gone, was nominated for the 2017 Mercury Prize (which was eventually won by Sampha).[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Event Prize Recipient Result Ref
2017 Mercury Prize Album of the Year Yesterday's Gone Nominated [15]
2018 NME Awards Best British Solo Artist supported by VO5 Loyle Carner Won [16]
NME Awards Best Album supported by Orange Amplification Yesterday’s Gone Nominated [17]
Brit Awards British Breakthrough Act Loyle Carner Nominated [18]
Brit Awards British Male Solo Artist Loyle Carner Nominated [19]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected details and chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
Yesterday's Gone 14

Extended plays[edit]

  • A Little Late (2014)


As a lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Tierney Terrace / Florence"[23] 2015 Non-album single
"Ottolenghi"[24] 2018 74 TBA
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As a featured artist[edit]

List of singles as a featured artist, showing year released, and album name
Title Year Album
"Crazy Dream"[25]
(Tom Misch featuring Loyle Carner)
2016 Reverie — EP

Guest appearances[edit]

List of guest appearances, showing year released, other artists and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Nightgowns"[26] 2015 Tom Misch Beat Tape 2
"Water Baby"[27] 2018 Geography


  1. ^ Horan, Tom; Horan, Tom (9 October 2016). "Loyle Carner review – the sentimental face of grime". The Guardian.
  2. ^ "Ain't Nothing Changed – Loyle Carner".
  3. ^ a b c "Loyle Carner Interviewed: 'Grime Changed my Life'". NME. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d "Loyle Carner shares his family strife to create awkwardly confessional hip-hop". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  5. ^ a b Cliff, Aimee (14 September 2017). "Sampha Has Won The 2017 Mercury Prize". The Fader. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Loyle Carner: Why the South London rapper's album may have you in tears - NME". NME. 2017-01-18. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  7. ^ "findmypast.co.uk".
  8. ^ "Croydon rapper Loyle Carner – following in the footsteps of Bastille and Clean Bandit at LeeFest".
  9. ^ a b c d e f Famurewa, Jimi (5 January 2017). "Loyle Carner: It was drilled into me from a young age that music had to have a story". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Staying Loyle to your Roots". Guestlist. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  11. ^ Sweeney, Chris (13 September 2017). "IBROX LOYLE Mercury Prize contender Loyle Carner says his biggest influence was his Rangers-mad grandad". The Scottish Sun. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  12. ^ a b "New Music: Loyle Carner & Kate Tempest 'Guts'". MOBO. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  13. ^ "Loyle Carner – Heard 'Em Say (Radio 1 Piano Session, 17 Oct 2015)". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  14. ^ Bingham, Jaguar (19 November 2016). "Loyle Carner is dropping his debut album". Mixmag. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  15. ^ "Mercury Prize 2017 shortlist". Independent. 13 September 2017.
  16. ^ "Winners | NME Awards 2018". NME. 14 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Nominees | NME Awards 2018". NME. 17 January 2018.
  18. ^ "Nominees | Brits 2018". BBC. 13 January 2018.
  19. ^ "The Brit Awards 2018 nominations: Stormzy goes head-to-head with Ed Sheeran for Best British Male". Evening Standard.
  20. ^ a b Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
  21. ^ "Yesterday's Gone by Loyle Carner". iTunes (UK). 20 January 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  22. ^ "BRIT Certified - bpi" (To access, enter the search parameter "Loyle Carner" and select "Search by Keyword"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  23. ^ "Tierney Terrace / Florence - Single by Loyle Carner". iTunes (UK). 14 August 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  24. ^ "Ottolenghi by Loyle Carner & Jordan Rakei". iTunes (UK). 11 October 2018. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  25. ^ "Crazy Dream (feat. Loyle Carner) - Single by Tom Misch". iTunes (UK). 8 June 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  26. ^ "Beat Tape 2 by Tom Misch". iTunes (UK). 28 August 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  27. ^ "Geography by Tom Misch". iTunes (UK). 6 April 2018. Retrieved 24 October 2018.

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